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Bill Detail: SB21-247

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Title Adjust Redistricting Commission Procedures
Status House Third Reading Laid Over to 07/08/2021 - No Amendments (06/03/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
H. McKean (R)
Senate Sponsors C. Holbert (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 04/16/2021

Executive Committee of the Legislative Council. The
COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay in the ability of the United States
Census Bureau (Census Bureau) to deliver to the state the population and
demographic data necessary to redraw election districts. The Census
Bureau has indicated that the final census data will not be available for at
least 6 months after the deadline contemplated in federal law. Under the

current definition of necessary census data contained in state law, this
delay prevents the independent congressional redistricting commission
and the independent legislative redistricting commission (commissions)
from completing their work by the deadlines in the constitution. An
extended delay in finalizing the commissions' redistricting plans will
make it impossible to complete all of the steps in the 2022 election
procedures in time for the general election.
For the commissions convened in 2021 only, the bill amends the
definition of necessary census data to allow the preliminary and staff
plans to be developed using the data on the total population by state that
will be released by the Census Bureau on April 30, 2021, and other
population and demographic data from federal or state sources that are
approved by the commissions. Once final census data is released by the
Census Bureau, the nonpartisan staff of the commission must complete
adjustments for incarcerated populations required by current law within
5 days. All staff plans presented to the commissions or submitted to the
Colorado supreme court after that date must use the final data as adjusted.
A plan approved by the Colorado supreme court must be based on the
final data as adjusted.

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